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Jazz Matters

Sound, Place, and Time since Bebop

David Ake


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Hardcover (10/7/2010)


What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World War II, emerging in unexpected places and incorporating a wide range of new styles. In this engrossing new book, David Ake expands on the discussion he began in Jazz Cultures, lending his engaging, thoughtful, and stimulating perspective to post-1940s jazz. Ake investigates such issues as improvisational analysis, pedagogy, American exceptionalism, and sense of place in jazz. He uses provocative case studies to illustrate how some of the values ascribed to the postwar jazz culture are reflected in and fundamentally shaped by aspects of sound, location, and time.

Praise For Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time since Bebop

“David Ake doesn't pretend to stand on a mountaintop and deliver the Truth about jazz. Instead, he takes a wider view, showing that the Truth is really a series of possibilities, each one exciting enough in itself to keep us enthralled by the music no matter how much we think we know.”

— Blurt

“Along comes a fresh, thoughtful, carefully reasoned book discussing topic that have not been done to death, and one realizes that there may be more left to say on this heavily analyzed musical genre...’Jazz Matters’ is one such book.”

— Generally Eclectic Review

“Jazz Matters will surely benefit the jazz community at large as well as spark interest from interdisciplinary fields of study.”

— Michael Donovan

“Tells new jazz stories while finding fresh truths in the old.”

— Peter Kenagy, New England Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

University of California Press, 9780520266896, 216pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2010

About the Author

David Ake is Professor and Chair of the Department of Musicology at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.